Wednesday, July 06, 2011

House appropriations bill would overturn Arizona mining ban

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the FY 2012 Appropriations Act for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies today that would overturn the ban on exploration and mining in northern Arizona [right, BLM map of withdrawn lands], that was imposed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last month:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none of the approximately 1,010,776 acres of public lands and National Forest System lands described in Public Land Order No. 7773; Emergency Withdrawal of Public and National Forest System Lands, Coconino and Mohave Counties; AZ (76 Fed. Reg. 37826) may be withdrawn from location and entry under the General Mining Law of 1872 (30 U.S.C. 22 et seq.) except as expressly authorized by a law enacted after the date of enactment of this Act that refers to this section.

Update, 7-7-11: Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) says he inserted this language into the bill.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:32 PM

    You guys forgot to report on Karen Wenrich's uranium industry big payoff contingent on the Grand Canyon segregation being lifted...